Thursday, August 30, 2012
But that workshop really is showing up here in this new painting. It's beautiful.
We are all working hard on getting work done for our Plein-Aire show coming up and we have an outdoor show in Lynchburg coming up soon., Sept 15th and Art on the Asphalt in DT Roanoke on Jefferson St. on Sept. 29th. And Art on the Parkway is Oct. 13th & 14th. And the UUC show is Nov 2nd & 3rd. Whew..... Sheez........ Better get back to work.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
"Plein Air as inspiration for collage or even an abstract"
Today I'm filling in for Sue who was unable to join us at the Visitor Center at Explore Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We took a "break" from fields, mountains and lots of green today to focus on the historic buildings next to the visitor center.
Three of us chose the historic Brugh Tavern. (photo attached) I was drawn first by the beautiful neutral colors of the building as the siding was a neutral lilac and the shutters a wonderful neutral sage green. As I began to draw the tavern the spaces between the windows, roofs, door, benches, etc really began to capture all my attention.
I proceeded to do a detailed drawing with pencil and paper and discovered a wonderful rhythm as the amount of space between features was repeated. After finishing the drawing I copied it to the canvas.
And here is where I ran into "issues" as the color was not quite right and I mixed up some more and applied with a palette knife; it got muddy (instead of neutral). I wiped most of the paint off and stood back to see that the basic shapes were still there -- the very shapes that had really captured my attention in the drawing. (photo attached)
So even though I did not complete a plein air piece today, I came away with a drawing, color notes and lots of ideas on how to finish the work. I'm thinking about cutting out pieces of painted paper and creating a collage. I'm also thinking about highlighting the shapes and creating an abstract piece. Or I'm thinking about combining the two creating a mixed media work. The morning's activities led me into a very creative direction.
The moral of the morning..........even if you are not a realistic painter going out to work plein air can provide lots of inspiration to jump start your creativity to lead you in an unexpected art direction.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Above is my second start. I'll post both starts on my blog.
More info on the show will follow soon.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
http://www.suefurrow.blogspot.com/, if you have any interest in seeing a demo of Susan Egbert making a MonoPrint. It's a fun way to paint.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
We, the DLPBR, will be showing and selling our plein-aire efforts at a special member show at Gallery 108 this October. The opening reception will be Oct. 5th during Art by Night. This is the monthly art crawl where all the galleries and business'in DownTown Roanoke will be open late.
Please put us on your calendar and come by to meet the artists and have some refreshments.